London Irish Rugby Football Club have confimed that they are looking to make a move back into London, with a ground share at Brentford Football Club’s planned new stadium a possibility.
The Exiles, who were relegated to the Championship last season, have been playing at Reading FC’s Madjeski Stadium since 2000.
Brentford is planning an AFL Architects-designed 20,000-capacity stadium on Lionel Road to replace its current Griffin Park home.
London Irish confirmed the possible move in a statement, saying:
Over the past decade London Irish has been linked with a number of possible stadium developments in London as the club kept the possibility of returning to its roots in the capital under consideration. Numerous discussions have taken place with a variety of clubs over the last five years with a view to a possible ground share or joint stadium development.
Irish said Brentford FC, who are well advanced with plans for the new 20,000 seat stadium in west London, is one of the clubs concerned. The club added:
As an initial step in assessing this option, London Irish has today (15th August) begun formal discussions with the London Borough of Hounslow to explore the potential to play rugby at the new stadium.
London Irish said it would continue to review all options and keep its supporters and stakeholders informed.